North Carolina freshman Little declares for NBA draft

North Carolina freshman Little declares for NBA draft
North Carolina's Nassir Little (5) shoots against Washington's Matisse Thybulle, left, during the second half during a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Source: John Minchillo)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina freshman Nassir Little is entering the NBA draft.

Little announced his decision on social media Monday, saying he was “ready now to put everything I have into being the best player I can be at the next level.”

The 6-foot-6 Little averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds as the top reserve for a No. 1-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament. It is unclear if he has signed with an agent. Little came on late with a team-best 39 points through the first two tournament wins but was limited to 13 minutes due to illness in Friday’s Sweet 16 loss to Auburn.

Little is projected as a first-round pick who showed athleticism, the ability to hit the boards and convert at the foul line.

In a statement, UNC coach Roy Williams called Little "a complete pleasure to coach."

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